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A Discussion with "Wheelhouse" for Community College Leadership

Posted By Kevin R. Johnson, Feb 6, 2017

On Friday night, I had the opportunity to talk at a "fireside chat" at the Graduate School of Management about immigration issues with leaders from our community colleges in a UC Davis School of Education program,  Wheelhouse: The Center for Community College Leadership and Research

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Wheelhouse supports and cultivates current and future community college leaders through professional development and research.  The organizers of the program are Susanna Cooper, Managing Director, Community College Leadership Center, and Professor Michal Kurlaender, Professor, Chair of the Graduate Group in Education, and Chancellor’s Fellow.

We had a great group of community college leaders in attendance, all dealing with student, faculty, staff, and alumni concerns with President Trump's immigration executive orders.  It was especially nice to see among the group Foothill College's new president, Thuy Thi Nguyen, who previously served as general counsel for the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office; she is the first Vietnamese-American community college president in California.     I worked with Thuy in helping to create the 2+2+3 pipeline program for community college students and designed to get them through law school.

We had a great discussion of the challenges on our community college campuses, and I left the discussion convinced that our community colleges were in good hands.